And… Red Dead Redemption 2 is on the roll, ladies, and gents! The newest announcements will bring a lot of joy to all of you out there who were really annoyed that only console players had an opportunity to play this smash hit title. But after the game’s companion app was datamined, the wish of Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC may just come true and not years after this initial release, as Rockstar Games did with Grand Theft Auto 5.
This companion app which launched with the game seems to point out on the PC version currently in development by Rockstar Games. Namely, some parameters in this app show certain PC graphics options such as TXAA, particle shadow quality, motion blur strength, reflections, anisotropic quality levels, grass quality, and others. However, there is also the line “CommandIsPcVersion(void) 000000000166A12C” that hints this most obviously, as well.
There is also some reference to Oculus which makes us believe the game may have VR capability once it’s out for PC. While Rockstar Games is still silent about the PC version, this is the best proof we have that it is happening. “Any updates about any of our titles will come from our labels,” said Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two when asked about Red Dead Redemption 2 arriving for PC.
But, the investigation goes further into LinkedIn and anonymous employee of Rockstar Games who listed Red Dead Redemption 2 as a game coming to PC with a line: “Red Dead Redemption 2 – PS4/Xbox/PC” which was changed since then. This may be an error, after all, but considering the leak above it sure seems otherwise.
Let us summarize Rockstar Games’ practice when it comes to PC versions of their games. Grand Theft Auto 4 PC version came out seven months after the initial release, while for LA Noire it took six. However, May Payne 3 for PC came out only two weeks after console versions, although to tell the truth, this title was always more of a PC game in the first place. But then we have Grand Theft Auto 5 and the 17 months wait period for the PC version to show up.
Based on this, it’s safe to say that it will take Rockstar Games around half a year to release PC version of their second-highest grossing game so far. This means that decision is already made, but we still have some doubts nonetheless. After all, Red Dead Redemption 1 never came out for PC after its initial release in 2010. Rockstar Games issued a statement back in 2011 regarding this stating among other things: “All we can say is that whenever it is viable (technically, developmentally and business-wise) for us to release a game for PC (or any other particular platform)—we will and we usually do; unfortunately, that is just not the case 100% of the time for all platforms.”
Nonetheless, if Rockstar Games wants to continue earning big, they will probably release the PC version. With multiplayer Red Dead Online coming soon and almost $1 billion already made in a week upon release, Red Dead Redemption 2 promises to be as high-grossing as Grand Theft Auto 5 was back in the day with over $6 billion.
If you want, you can play Red Dead Redemption 1 on PC through Sony’s PlayStation Now service as well as other titles. This is a great opportunity for all those players who don’t have PlayStation console and want to play titles like Until Dawn, The Last of Us and Uncharted series, to name a few.